Local child wins prestigious performing arts scholarship

It has just been announced that Madelaine Ainscough, age 14, has just been awarded a prestigious scholarship in association with The Stage newspaper to attend Razzamataz Theatre School Sheffield training course for a year completely free of charge.

The Stage is a very respected national newspaper for the performing arts industry and this is an enormous benefit for the students to be able to say that they were awarded a Razzamataz scholarship in association with The Stage. The scholarship has been created to give children the opportunity to participate in the performing arts and are part of Razzamataz’s dedication to make performance training accessible to young people all over the country.

The scholarships were available to current students and those that do not attend the part-time theatre school. The young people were asked to film a short demo of no more than two minutes long showing them performing either a musical theatre song and dance, street dance, pop song, drama improvisation or scripted drama piece.

Madelaine was praised for her mature vocal performance. Judges were particularly impressed and commented “This was an outstanding performance and showed so much maturity, focus and a real understanding of the songs context.  The vocals were lovely but it was the storytelling within the performance which took this song from good to great.  Madelaine has a natural affinity for acting and this shows in her portrayal of the story and the character, she is most definitely one to watch.’’

Principal of Razzamataz Sheffield, Helen Bell added “We looked for someone that demonstrated a maturity and a real desire to learn and we were delighted to offer Madelaine the scholarship. We really hope this inspires her to keep working hard and enjoying their performing arts training.”

Razzamataz gained national recognition after an appearance on Dragons’ Den in 2007 and won an investment from Duncan Bannatyne. Duncan says: “Congratulations to the winner, make the most of this fantastic opportunity. Razz skills keep young people active, instill a confidence and pride and encourage social skills. All of which are vital today.”

Razzamataz Sheffield offers a wide range of performing arts styles for children age 2-18 including current trends that are accessible to children and teenagers. Razzamataz classes consist of dance, drama and singing and the curriculum covers the whole of the performing arts, from classic West End musical theatre to street dance and pop singing.

There are plenty of opportunities for students to shine, including appearing in their annual theatre production at Sheffield City Hall and other local community events, which give the children a chance to perform and is fantastic for their self-confidence. In the next year, Razzamataz Sheffield will be involved in a number of performances including a performance at London’s O2 arena and will be starting rehearsals for a show in London’s West End.

To join us for a FREE session of dance, drama and singing on Saturday 15th September please contact a member of the Razz team on sheffield@razzamataz.co.uk or 07979 189177.

Madelaine Ainscough Stage Scholarship Winner 2018 
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